Testimonials for Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra

"It was a real pleasure to meet you and your band members. You stole the show with a magnificent performance, superb! From all at LHG, behind the scenes we thank you also. We will be in touch with regards to a further potential event later. Thank you again!"
Barbara Birkett (Liz Hobbs Group) - Newark Festival, LHG Live
June 2018
"Sue and I cannot praise you and your wonderful swing band enough. We have organised many prestigious balls and dinner dances over the years and we have hired some of the finest dance bands in the country but we can truly say that Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra is the best we have ever used. It was absolutely magical, thank you. We are so so overwhelmed with gratitude to you for the evening because you absolutely made it. We would recommend you to anyone in the World; we already have a few people in mind. Comments from the guests included “The best band I have ever heard” and “What a fabulous band!” Not only were the musicians excellent but more importantly they all enjoyed playing which made for a wonderfully warm and welcoming atmosphere. It was a pleasure meeting you Matthew and a privilege to listen to your wonderful band which helped to make the evening very special indeed."
Sue & Malcolm Humpage - Elmslie School Centenary Ball - Blackpool
May 2018
"Thank you for being part of our special day. You were outstanding and gave us the night we had dreamed of. We're always looking for when we can see you again."
Hannah & Nick - Wedding - Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley
November 2017
"Chris and I cannot thank you enough for the entertainment you provided on Saturday. We had a marvellous time and the compliments we received from all guests young and old were only positive. You had people having the time of their lives on Saturday with some dancing who would usually not get up and dance. The skills the band have are undeniable. I truly couldn’t have asked for better music for our wedding day. I’m so sad it’s all over but I’m hoping I can get some event planned in the further where I can invite you guys along to play again. Our greatest appreciation and thanks to each and everyone of you."
Evie & Chris - Wedding - Crathorne Hall, Yarm
November 2017
"The band went down a storm and already I’ve been asked for your details. We really appreciated the effort and journey and thank you all. In hindsight, I wish that we had you on longer as the feedback really has been amazing. Please pass on my thanks to all of the band."
Lexi Hambro - Make A Wish Foundation Sports Ball - The Savoy, London
November 2017
"Just about to embark on our honeymoon cruise but wanted to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding at Crathorne Hall on Friday. We had a wonderful day in which you played a huge part. Everyone loved the music and even the hotel staff said you were the best band they had had play there in the past few years!!! The whole day was fantastic but the culmination with your orchestra absolutely topped off the day - FABULOUS. STUNNING!!!!!"
Angela & David - Wedding - Crathorne Hall
October 2017
"Thank you very much, we really enjoyed the evening. A lot of guests praised the band and your enthusiasm!!"
Joy & Justin Williams - Work's Anniversary - York
October 2017
"We absolutely LOVED the band. The enthusiasm of the musicians was contagious!! Fantastic!! So glad we chose MR SWING for our special day. More than happy to provide references for future clients. Fabulous night. Worth every penny! Matthew, you are a star! Thank you."
Ken & Jane - Wedding - Saltburn-by-the-sea
September 2017
"You were great and I've had some lovely comments about the music, people were impressed. Thank you."
Helen Bletcher - 70th Birthday Party - Walcot Hall, North Lincolnshire
July 2017
"I'd like to thank you and the band for an outstanding performance on Saturday night. The members and overseas guests commented on a great night of entertainment. I hope you all had a safe journey home. It was very much appreciated that you travelled down south for this event."
Patrick Cunningham - Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club 125th Anniversary Chairman
June 2017
"Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra made our wedding! We thought our special day couldn't get any better after we exchanged our vows and heard the kind words from our family but, as soon as we heard the music, I knew that the band would leave an impact on our guests. I did not stop dancing all night! We truly enjoyed every moment of the band's set and all our guests have commented on how wonderful they were. Really wish we could have had them longer. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to Matthew and the rest of the band for making our wedding magical. All our love, Mr & Mrs Colbeck"
Roisin & Steve - Wedding - Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
May 2017
"We had the most unbelievable day. You were amazing, so thankyou!"
Loredana & Marcus - Wedding - Bradford
April 2017
"You guys went down a storm and everyone loved you! Thank you again for an amazing evening of entertainment. Your guys were brilliant!"
Martyn Barnett & Dominic Butterell - Corporate Christmas Party - Sheffield
December 2016
"Thank you again for the wonderful evening/night of music. Everybody loved the band and I've heard a few music lovers say it was the best swing band they have ever seen. The band and yourself have made an ever lasting impression with everyone. The intro was fantastic and definitely started the evening off with a bang. Katie and I thank you for our first dance it was more perfect than we could have imagined. I can not express our appreciation enough to you and the band. You guys made the evening a brilliant success and are true professionals."
Michael & Katie - Wedding - Yorkshire Wedding Barn
November 2016
"Our sincere thanks to you and all of your amazing musicians. Your performance was outstanding and the amazing singer alongside fantastic musicians was such a wonderful thing to listen to and watch. It truly made our evening special."
David & Jamie - Wedding - Liverpool Town Hall
October 2016
"We had a wonderful time! We had great feedback from our guests, who all loved you and the band! It was really great having you as part of our day."
Jude & Chris - Wedding - De Grey Rooms, York
September 2016
"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We had an amazing night and all the guests commented on how fabulous you were."
Faye Hartley - Wedding - The Parsonage, Escrick, York
August 2016
"Thank you for last night. Everyone has said what a fantastic band you are. We all had a fabulous time and we have no hesitation in recommending you. I wanted authentic and I got it! Thanks for learning the Louis Jordan tune too. That made my night."
Graham Stables - Family celebrations - The George Hotel, Piercebridge
June 2016
"Thank you so much! We'll definitely be recommending your fantastic band!"
Helen Pocock - Wedding - Doxford Hall, Northumberland
April 2016
"It's always a pleasure to see and hear you. A truly great orchestra and our customers can't wait for the next one."
Ellen Boyle - Remembrance Day concert - Bradford
November 2015
"You guys were absolutely fantastic and everyone has been raving non stop about how good the band were! Thanks again for letting me on the stage and I wish you every success for the future. You really were brilliant and I will be sure to pass your details on and recommend you to friends and colleagues!"
Richard & Charlotte - Wedding - Pannal CC, Harrogate
October 2015
"Please accept our thanks for such a wonderful performance at the Battle of Britain Ball on the 19th September. The band were wonderful and fitted our evening to perfection. The feedback we have received has been nothing but complimentary, and we would definitely call on your service should we ever be brave enough to do something on this scale again."
Karen Birch - Battle of Britain Ball, Bradford
September 2015
"Thank you so much for playing on Sunday night. Our first dance was perfect and just what we wanted! All of our guests loved the music and said how good the sound was. Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra were absolutely more than we could have hoped for and made many happy memories for us."
Kate & Jonathan - Wedding - Pocklington, East Yorkshire
August 2015
"Thank you and the swing band more than I can say. You were terrific. We are trying to think of an excuse to have another party at which you would play!"
Dame Eleanor King - Mother of the bride - Wedding near Harrogate
June 2015
"Thank you so much for performing on our wedding day. The weather was great and the guests on the terrace enjoyed your sets. The guests comments were very complimentary, you were very much appreciated by them. It was exactly what I had envisaged so you fulfilled a dream for me. So once again please accept and extend our sincere thanks to all concerned."
Rachel Cordingley-Constable - Wedding - Ilkley, West Yorkshire
May 2015
"Just wanted to say a huuuuge thank you to all of you at Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra. You made the wedding evening truly amazing and absolutely eeeveryone loved you guys! So many people have said to us since the wedding how amazing you guys were! Thank you so so much, we had an absolutely fab time, I’m so glad you could play for us! I think you’ve heard from my sister-in-law Faye and I hear you’ll be playing at her and Carl’s wedding next year! Yay. So we will see you all again then :) Thanks again."
Sophie & Ben's wedding - Rowley Manor, East Yorkshire
April 2015
"Thank you and Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra on behalf of The York & District Branch of The Multiple Sclerosis Society for helping us raise the fantastic amount of £1445.00 at the recent Christmas Balls. We all had a great time and would be thrilled to come back next Christmas."
Jackie Chapman - Secretary/Fund Raiser, The York Branch of The MS Society
December 2014
"Just wanted to say once again what an excellent performance you guys treated our customers to yesterday. Everyone was over the moon and the event was a total success."
Ellen Boyle - Remembrance Day 1940s concert - The Ginger Goose, Bradford
November 2014
"Fantastic! Could not fault! From the performance to the introducing of the music, absolutely fantastic, could not be any more pleased with the band - huge thank you."
Julie Dowling - NHS Middleton Demonstrator Bid - Middleton Arena
October 2014
"Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the rest of the band for helping to make my 60th party such a special occasion. You were fantastic and everyone was asking where I had found you and how good you were. Maybe we'll do it all again when I'm 70."
Jackie Farnsworth - 60th birthday party - Whirlow Hall Farm, Sheffield
September 2014
"Just a quick note to thank you for last weekend – the band and disco were excellent. Everyone commented on how good the band was – many thanks. It made for a good evening."
Maj Andy Cooper - 1940s Summer Ball - Officers' Mess, Ousefield House, York
June 2014
"I just wanted to be in touch to say thank you to Mr Swings Dance Orchestra for an excellent evening on Saturday night. How could anyone not be inspired to get up and have a dance to such great music! We feel, with your help, Gordon's retirement has got off to a brilliant start!"
Jean Selbie - Dr Gordon Selbie's retirement party - Huddersfield
April 2014
"On behalf of our client and ourselves, we would like to extend a huge thank you for helping to make the Elior Awards Event on Friday 14th March such a huge success! The feedback we have received is that this has been the best Elior awards night yet, praise indeed! Everything went like clockwork on the night which was a testament to the professionalism and calibre of each and every person that contributed to the event. Please can you pass our thanks on to every single member of the band; you guys really made the show and the stings were fantastic! Your contribution was key to the success of the night all the way through and you delivered to a phenomenal standard. We hope you enjoyed the evening also and have some great memories from it, you have set a very high standard for next years event! Needless to say we will be in touch again for future events."
Rachel Kearns - Apex Event Management - Imperial War Musem, Duxford
March 2014
"Many thanks to you and the band for a fantastic night. We have had lots of great feedback and the only complaints are that it was all over too soon."
Sgt Dawn Grubey - RAF Leeming Battle Of Britain Ball
Sept 2013
"Thank you and the band so much for providing the music to our wedding last night. As I’m sure you’d expect, very many of our guests expressed their admiration of your performance. However, we’d heard you before and knew what to expect. Notwithstanding, your wedding swing band over-delivered on our expectations and we had an absolutely fantastic evening of music and dance thanks to you and you colleagues. We were genuinely delighted with your delivery and the way you made the party swing. Again, thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again at your public performances."
Graham & Janet Lishman - Wedding reception, Sandburn Hall, York
July 2013
"We just want to say what a fabulous night Saturday was. You made our wedding so memorable, particularly when you let our friend up there with you! We will be recommending your wedding swing band to all our friends. You have already received a great deal of compliments from those who were there!"
Caroline & Jack Lewis - Wedding reception, Old Lodge, Malton
July 2013
"We had such a lovely time at the De Grey rooms last night dancing to your superb band that we would love the opportunity to do it again. You told my husband to email you for a list of upcoming appearances; I would be grateful if you could let me know. Thanks for a fab evening."
Trish Watson - Big Band Dance Night, De Grey Rooms, York
May 2013
"Thank you for the excellent entertainment - it was even better than we expected and everyone has given us very positive feedback about the swing band. In fact I am listening to your cd as i type this."
Lucy & Paul - Wedding reception, Rudding Park, Harrogate
December 2012
"We’d just like to say a massive thank you to you and your swing band for performing at our wedding on Saturday 8th Sept 2012 at Beamish Hall. The overall presentation was extremely professional from start to finish and the standard of the music was superb – we had a lot of guests who are musicians including the bride, and they’re still all talking about the quality of your performance! We all thought that the way you got everyone involved with certain musical numbers was great fun and created a whole new dimension to the evening. We have had lots of guests comment on how much fun they had dancing and how incredible your performance was. Quite a few guests said that you were the best swing band they’ve seen at a wedding by a long way. We are also very grateful to you all for learning That’s Amoré for our first dance. It was an excellent rendition – so much so, that we danced to it twice! All in all, Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra played a very big part in making our wedding day so special and unique! We will certainly be recommending you to everyone we know and I’m sure our guests will be too. You will be talked about with great delight for many years to come!"
Jill & Simon Cox - Wedding reception, Beamish Hall, Co. Durham
September 2012
"On behalf of Coby and I, we just wanted to thank you and the Mr Swing musicians for the fabulous evening of music and dance on Sunday. We all enjoyed the swing band tremendously and have highly recommended you to our interested guests. Hopefully will see you all perform again soon."
Coby's 80th Birthday Party - Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire
August 2012
"Mr. Swing's Dance Orchestra performed at our wedding at the Hospitium in York in May 2012, and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect band. The swing band was fantastic at reading the room and getting everyone up and dancing. All of our guests have raved about how amazing they were, and we totally agree. If you want to make your special day even more memorable, definitely hire Mr. Swing."
Beth & Carl Mewse - Wedding reception, York Hospitium
May 2012
"Just a quick email to say thank you so much for playing at our wedding reception. Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra were simply amazing and we have had so many guests comment on how great you were. Thank you again and all the best to your Yorkshire swing band for the future."
Steph & Tom Glasby - Wedding reception, Raithwaite Hall, Whitby
May 2012
"Just wanted to say a huge 'thank you' for a great night on Saturday at Kate and Matt's wedding. We had a fantastic evening and all of the guests enjoyed it. The acoustics in the National Railway Museum were very good. Would not hesitate in recommending your Yorkshire swing band in the future."
Chris Nicholls, mother of the bride - Wedding reception, York
New Year's Eve 2011
"A great cause and a terrific night out. Jackie and I enjoyed it all thoroughly. Please pass on our thanks and congratulations to your band with our best wishes for another successful night and for a good Christmas and new year. You have some new fans and we’re looking forward to the 2012 extravaganza!"
Chris Igoe - Day after Mr Swing's Christmas Ball
December 2011
"A huge thanks to you and the band in contributing to a very successful Battle of Britain Ball on Fri 23 Sep 11. The music was varied, fun and had the dance floor full from start to finish. This is the 3rd time I have seen the swing band and each time there has been a different arrangement or new tune to add to each occasion. Looking forward to next year."
Andy Rice - Battle of Britain Ball, RAF Leeming, North Yorkshire
September 2011
"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The music was fantastic and all the swing band members were wonderful. Everyone commented on how amazing you were. We will definitely be recommending you in the future. Many thanks."
Jane & James Parkin - Wedding reception, Thrumpton Hall, Nottinghamshire
June 2011
"I just want to thank you so much for making our wedding celebrations so perfect. Everyone who came has fed back to us how amazing you were. You were absolutely stunning and I loved every minute of your sets - terrific voice and music. It was lovely to see everyone dancing - from my 6 year old niece to my 83 year old aunt! Thank you so much."
Helen & Giles Carr - Wedding reception, Crockey Hill, Yorkshire
April 2011
"If I didn't say it enough to you last Saturday (or to any other member of the swing band I could find!), thank you so much for the amazing set Mr Swing did at our wedding! What a fabulous night! The swing band was something I was really looking forward to and you exceeded all expectations - it was amazing! From start to finish, we loved every second of it and the fact that you were able to play 'Let There Be Love' for our first dance made it even more special and meant a lot to both of us. Every one of our guests came and told us how much they loved the swing band and I'm not sure there was a single song you played when Phil and I weren't up on the dance floor! I've never seen my dad and uncle as animated as when they were singing along to 'Delilah' and even my 87 year old grandma joined the conga line at the end of the night! It was everything that we imagined it would be and more; Mr Swing really did help to make it the best day of our lives. I know I managed to accost most members of the swing band on the night but can you please pass on our most heart-felt thanks to everyone involved - the band was truly fantastic! We've been singing 'Ain't that a kick in the head' all week! I'll email you any pictures that we get through from our photographer. From your most enthusiastic fans."
Rachel & Phil Probert - Wedding reception, Horsforth, Leeds
February 2011
"May we say a very big THANK YOU to Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra for helping the MS Society York & District Branch to raise a whopping £1,377.00 at your concerts on 17th & 18th December 2010. I'm delighted to present you here with our Certificate of Appreciation which we hope you will display with pride!" (See Christmas Balls page)
Helen Birdsall - York & District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
February 2011
"We just wanted you to know that your swing band were absolutely fantastic last night and made Karen's celebrations so special. Everyone we have seen today has said how good you were and how professional. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to such a talented group and you should all be so proud of the ability you hold. Everyone would recommend you all over the North East and that to me says it all. Good luck for the future."
Jon Coates, Karen Coates' 40th - Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington
February 2011
"We just wanted to drop you a note to thank you so much for the music at our wedding. We have received so many compliments about the swing band that we hope you can pass on to all of the members. Special thanks for putting together the My Funny Valentine piece for Karen's parents, they really appreciated it. We both had the most fantastic day and one we'll remember forever, thank you so much for being a part of it."
Guy & Karen Bowyer's wedding - York Maze
May 2010
"A fantastic professional performance. I must say that you now are the Number One swing band in my estimation. By far the best sets I have had the privilege of enjoying. I highly recommend you and your swing band to everyone. It made the wedding day perfect. Thank you."
Stuart Browne, father of the bride - York Cricket & Rugby Club
March 2010
"This was my first ever swing band concert and what can I say – it was fantastic – I didn’t realise how good they were! What a great evening. We travelled in ice, snow, high heels and dresses and it was very worth it. Fabulous music and excellent entertainment. It really started off my Christmas. Can’t wait for next year."
Lorraine Knowles - Mr Swing's Christmas Ball, York
December 2009
"The Round the World Clipper Ball at the KC Stadium this weekend was a huge success! Thanks to all those who attended and made the night go with a Swing! Talking of Swing - Mr Swing's Dance Orchestra were a huge hit and had people shaking their stuff on the dance-floor all evening." (http://www.dellaroundtheworld.com/news-update/clipper-ball-success-)
Della Parsons prior to sailing around the World - KC Stadium, Hull
June 2009
“Just to say a big thank you to you and your wonderful swing band for providing such wonderful music and entertainment for our evening reception. We both thought it was brilliant and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.”
Jo & Glynn Alderman’s wedding – Rowley Manor, East Yorkshire
September 2008
“Many thanks for providing an excellent day’s entertainment – much enjoyed by all”
Dr Jazz plus disco John & Juliet Drewniak’s wedding – Howsham, North Yorkshire
June 2008
“What can I say? Simply fantastic. Spot-on entertainment that kept the dance-floor packed from beginning to end. Your team's professionalism shone out on the day by a country mile and they're the kind of standards i love and expect! The band was absolutely fantastic. The set up, look and standard of music was second to none and the many comments we received back from our guests reflected this. The vocals from your lead singer were simply stunning. Also, the accompanying disco that you provided for us was absolutely fantastic too and together with the band it made for perfect wedding entertainment. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services. Thanks again and should the opportunity arise I hope to book you again one day.”
Tom & Natalie Broughton’s wedding - Sun Pavilion, Harrogate
August 2007
“Thank you so much for providing wonderful music at our wedding. We all really enjoyed ourselves and had a fab evening dancing! See you at the Christmas ‘do’! Thanks again.”
Katrina & Doug’s wedding, Hazelwood Castle nr. Leeds
August 2006
“The music in church was well-judged and the positioning exactly right – my thanks to you and Julie. The swing band too went down very well and we notched up a good number of brownie points among locals who’d already heard you play. Even shady expatriates can get hold of the right band from time to time.”
Fortissimo at church ceremony, Mr Swing at evening reception Robin Alder (Luxembourg), father of bride – Kelleythorpe Farm, Driffield
July 2006
“We would like to thank you and the swing band for making our silver wedding anniversary so special and such a memorable occasion for us. We had such a perfect evening and we are sure all our family and friends enjoyed themselves as much as we did. We would like to think if in the future we have another occasion to celebrate that Mr Swing would be there!”
Malcolm & Angela Stather – Expanse Hotel, Bridlington
October 2005
“I felt I must write to thank you for the part you played in making the ball so successful. I have had many telephone calls since and everyone says it was the best event they have ever been to at Elland Road. I am fully aware that without your help this would not necessarily have been the case. I could not have wished for a better start to my testimonial year.”
Lucas Radebe – Testimonial Dinner, Leeds United FC, West Yorkshire
April 2005
“I think I thanked you about a dozen times on the night but once again thank you so much for making our wedding such a magical day. Everyone enjoyed Mr Swing and would have danced to you all night. We have both been singing King of the Swingers ever since. Keep us informed of any future events.”
Chris & Claire McManus’ wedding - Rudding Park, Harrogate
February 2005
“Please will you pass on our thanks to all members of Mr Swing’s Dance Orchestra. We have such good memories of our friends having a great time when the swing band was playing and loads of people have been in touch to say how much they enjoyed the music. We really hope to see you perform again in the North West but until then we shall continue enjoying listening to the CD – it has enlivened every car journey since we returned from honeymoon. Many thanks once again."
Nicky & Matt Bainbridge’s wedding, Manchester
August 2004
“Many of my colleagues have let me know this morning how much they enjoyed the evening’s entertainment and look forward to hearing you again in the future. We shall certainly keep your details to hand should we have need of a swing band again”
M. Harrison – Harrison Developments Summer Party, Derby, Derbyshire
June 2003
“You should know that our little girl, Maddy, was delivered to the sounds of Mr Swing – in fact she was dragged out to your fine trumpet solo! What a start to life!”
Sarah & Tony Cann 15 months after Mr Swing played at their wedding
March 2002 / June 2003
“We would like to thank you and the swing band for making Clare and Terry’s wedding reception an occasion we shall never forget. The music was magic and enjoyed by both old and young”
Dennis & Mary Peckett, bride’s parents – Carlton Towers, South Yorkshire
May 2003
“A huge thank-you for your fantastic performance at our wedding. Everyone thought you were brilliant and have been talking of nothing else! We had a perfect day and you were a big reason for that. The disco was spot on too; ’Not one dud’ as someone was heard to shriek!”
Camilla & Howard Bottomley’s wedding, Sheffield
February 2003
“Thank you on behalf of all the guests and staff at Woodlands Respite Care Centre for Multiple Sclerosis for allowing us to raise money at your Christmas Balls this year. Once again we raised over a thousand pounds which will directly benefit the 400 different guests who stay at Woodlands each year.”
Rachael Brayshaw, Fundraising co-ordinator – (£10,000+ raised since 2001)
“By far the best swing band we’ve ever had at this event”
Geoff Pearson – Organiser North Yorkshire Moors Railway Wartime Weekend, Pickering
Oct 2001 / Oct 2002 / Oct 2003 / Oct 2004 / Oct 2005 / Oct 2007
“We could dance to you lot all night”
Jack Broughton – Chairman, Aircrew Association Reunion
Nov 2000, Liverpool / Oct 2001, Bournemouth / Oct 2002, 2004, 2006, Harrogate / Oct 2007, Grantham